OTTUMWA – The first baby born at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center belongs to a Fairfield couple.
Rayna Hall and David Haynes welcomed their son Lyrik Haynes into the world on Jan. 2. Lyrik arrived at 1:11 a.m. that day, weighing 7 pounds and 4 tenths of an ounce, and measuring 20 and three-quarter inches long.
Lyrik came a few days earlier than the couple was expecting. Hall’s due date was Jan. 5. In fact, she and Haynes had scheduled maternity photos for Jan. 1, but those were canceled when Hall started having labor pains around noon that day.
The couple, plus Hall’s mother, went to the hospital that night, and two hours later, Lyrik was born.
“I thought my labor was going to last longer, that’s for sure,” Hall said. “I didn’t have much time to think.”
Ottumwa Regional Health Center did not give Hall epidural anesthesia to numb the pain because she wanted the birth to be as natural as possible.
“It was not as painful as I imagined, but still very painful,” she said. “I was already 8 centimeters dilated [when we arrived], and half an hour later I was at 10 centimeters and pushing.”
How did they decide on Lyrik as a name?
“We wanted an interesting name, and we saw this was one of the least popular names,” Hall said. “We decided to spell it with a ‘K’ because it seemed more manly.”
Hall spent two nights in the hospital before being discharged. She’s now home, surrounded by her mother, who’s visiting from Florida, and Haynes’s family.
“When I saw Lyrik, I was overwhelmed,” Hall said. “It was the best moment of my life.”
Lyrik is the couple’s first child.